Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Document Image Recognition and Retrieval: Where Are We?



Michael D. Garris


This paper discusses data collected as a result of planning a project to evaluate document recognition and information retrieval technologies. In the process of establishing the project, a Request for Comment (RFC) was widely distributed throughout the document recognition and information retrieval research and development (R&D) communities, and based on the responses, the project was discontinued. The purpose of this paper is to present real data collected from the R&D communities in regards to a real project, so that we may all form our own conclusions about where we are, where we are heading, and how we are going to get there. Background on the project is provided and responses to the RFC are summarized.
- 6231
Report Number


document image, information retrieval, recognition


Garris, M. (1998), Document Image Recognition and Retrieval: Where Are We?, - 6231, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created June 1, 1998, Updated March 23, 2009